VT “Hoop House” Grand Opening
Event Description: Take a look at what Virginia Tech has been up to in the sustainable and local food arena! “Farm & Fields”, the sustainable food arm of VT dining services, has been building of a new Hoop House on Price’s Fork Road to extend the growing season for produce that serves VT dining facilities. Come to the grand opening and learn how the hoop house provides enough cover to keep the ground and air warm enough to continue growing into the winter. We’ve planted tomatoes and basil in the Hoop House this summer. In the winter, we’ll use the Hoop House to grow salad greens for the VT Dining Units!
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
Location: 1004 Old Mill Road Blacksburg, VA 24060
Directions: Take Prices Fork road away from campus, and then take a right on Old Mill Road at the intersection of the road leading to the new Blacksburg high school. Take an immediate right through the gate, pass through the first parking lot, and park at the building at the end of the driveway.
Contact: Rial Tombes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-1139
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Glade Road Growing Farm Tours
Event Description: Our farm is a small family–run operation here in the town limits of Blacksburg and across the street from Heritage Park. We utilize several soil building techniques by using organic–matter mulches and promote biodiversity within and around our farm. We also like to have a lot of fun and eat a lot of food, which is mostly why we’re in this business. Since there is a lot of ground to cover, we divided the tour this year into sections- you are welcome to come to all of them. JP will explain all about how he raises vegetables without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The majority of his methods and tools are applicable to home gardeners. Sally and Ben will show you the chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigs they raise on the pasture land surrounding the garden. They’ll talk about how their rearing methods make the animals unique along with the benefits and challenges of raising animals this way, from pasture to plate. After the tours we’ll talk question and answers to your farming heart’s content. We love our farm and what we do some come see what it’s all about. Wear intelligent shoes and dress for weather– tours are rain for shine.
2 pm – 3:30 pm: Garden walk with JP focusing on tools and techniques used to raise vegetables organically.
3:30 pm – 5 pm: Pastured poultry and pigs with Sally and Ben where we’ll see the animals and talk all about how we raise them.
5 pm – midnight: Q and A and post–tour farm chit chat.